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This paper presents “social moves” as a new strategy de facto states can use in their interactions with the international community, with or without the possibility of a formal recognition of sovereignty. Special attention is paid to Abkhazia’s continuing desire for an independent state compared to South Ossetia’s desire for Russian absorption in light of both regions’ ethnic histories and turbulent relationships with Georgia. Key analysis includes discussion of the diplomatic soft power “social moves” the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry has begun in the last two years and the absence of similar “social moves” within the South Ossetian Foreign Ministry.

In: Iran and the Caucasus
Author: Tim Potier
The conflicts in the South Caucasus are now a decade old, but still appear impervious to solution. The hopes that independence raised have been dashed by an insidious cocktail of past and present regional hegemony, historical antipathy and Soviet planning. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, thus, continue to wait for their long awaited Spring.
In a region where Western academic writing has focussed, during the last decade, almost exclusively on the dynamics of regional security and Great Power rivalry, even in the context of conflict, this volume provides an important and necessary legal appraisal of the possible processes and structures which may, ultimately, facilitate the finding of constitutional settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In the work, Tim Potier, an academic lawyer with much experience in the Caucasus, has written a powerful but dispassionate account which will prove not only to be of use to academics, diplomats and government officials working in the region, but also be of lasting value to the ongoing development of the international law on self-determination and autonomy. Dr Potier also considers the fate of what he prefers to term, `regionally non-dominant titular peoples'.

”, “Republic of South Ossetia” and the “Donetsk/Lugansk Peoples’ Republics”. The second objective is to clarify whether the legal systems of these entities can ensure protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of their residents in line with the standards of international public law and European

In: Review of Central and East European Law
Author: Charlotte Hille

Recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia two years later: Unicum or trendsetting? Charlotte Hille 1 It has been two years since the Russian Federation recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia, after an armed conflict with Georgia over these areas. An extensive discussion followed on whether the

In: Security and Human Rights

Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Basic principles for an effective transformation of the peace process (‘7D’) Alexander Russetski, Siegfried Woeber 1 Peace-building efforts in Abkahzia and South Ossetia are virtually paralysed. Both cases are serious and dangerous, yet so far, the OSCE — and the UN

In: Helsinki Monitor
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, Georgia launched a large-scale military offensive against South Ossetia in an attempt to reconquer the territory. Georgia claimed that it was responding to attacks on its peacekeepers and villages in South Ossetia, and that Russia was moving non-peacekeeping units into the country. In the end, the

In: Security and Human Rights

* Lecturer in Law, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Kieran O’Reilly ** PhD candidate, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Abstract Th e 2008 confl ict in South Ossetia, involving both Georgian and Russian armed forces, attracted much international

In: International Criminal Law Review

The European Commission and post-conflict rehabilitation in Georgia — lessons learned Maria van Ruiten 1 Georgia was one of the first republics of the Soviet Union to declare independence in 1991 after which armed internal conflicts broke out with secessionist movements in the South Ossetia and

In: Security and Human Rights
In: Settling Self-Determination Disputes